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Outcast: A Jewish Girl in Wartime Berlin by Inge Deutschkron (translated from the German by Jean Steinberg; 59,000 words)
In 1933, when she is ten, Berliner Inge Deutschkron learns that she is a Jew. At first her family is at greater risk for their leftist politics than because they are Jews. Her father flees to England; Inge and her mother hide in plain sight as non-Jews, dependent on the underground network for their survival, in constant danger of discovery or betrayal. Otto Weidt employed Inge in the office of his workshop for the blind. Toward the end of the war, Inge and her mother manage to leave Berlin, and eventually emigrate to England. Inge Deutschkron became an Israeli citizen and an editor of Maariv.
“... invaluable as testimony of the war years of one of Berlin’s 12,000 surviving Jews.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] simple and charming memoir by a Jewish woman of how she survived as a girl in her late teens in wartime Berlin... Unsentimental, resilient and aware that luck can make all the difference, Inge Deutschkron... has remained a true Berliner.” — István Deák, The New York Review of Books